Federal and provincial budgets: Impact on the arts

Via Toronto Arts Foundation

Federal and Provincial Budgets – What do they mean for the arts?

Artists and arts organizations will be relieved to learn that the federal and provincial governments have both protected the arts councils from cuts to their granting programs. The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation will not sustain budget cuts despite broad based reductions in other areas.

The full impact of the government budgets will be determined over the next few months. It is clear that reduced investment in the culture sector will have a ripple effect.

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Trillium Book Award 25th Anniversary Contest

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Trillium Book Award – the province’s award honouring literary excellence by Ontario authors. Open Book is marking the 25th anniversary of the award with a fabulous online contest. Readers are invited to participate in the celebration by voting online for their personal favourite Trillium Award-winning book. The contest runs until March 28, 2012.

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TD National Reading Campaign: Joy of Reading Drops in Ontario Schools

The December, 2011 “Reading for Joy” report from People for Education reveals that while reading scores have increased in elementary school, children’s enjoyment of reading has gone down. The percentage of students in grade 3 who report they “like to read” has dropped from 75% in 1998/99 to 50% in 2010/11 and the number of students in grade 6 who “like to read” fell from 65% to 50% during the same period.

These findings are very troubling for the National Reading Campaign, a coalition of Canadians working to ensure that Canada remains a nation of readers.

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